Take control of your time. You'll be amazed at how focused, efficient and productive you can be.
Okay, here it is, almost 11:00 on a Monday morning, and I haven't yet made an appreciable dent in today's list of important and time-sensitive tasks. Now don't get me wrong, I haven't exactly been sitting around eating Bon Bons. (Makes me wonder, does anyone actually sit around eating Bon Bons? Surely there are other ways to kick back and kill a little time. But I digress...) In the past couple of hours, I've answered emails, read a couple of good articles, posted some timely tweets and engaged in a variety of other useful but non-urgent activities.
Does this sound familiar? How often do you find your morning, afternoon, even your entire day slipping away as you engage in a host of never-scheduled-yet-always-there-to-steal-your-attention, time-sucking activities?
Time is a precious commodity. As we all know, there are never enough hours in the day. So here's where I encourage you to do as I say, not as I (sometimes, I must admit) do. Decide what you absolutely must accomplish in a given day. Schedule these essential and perhaps time-sensitive activities for the very beginning of the day. Tackle them before you scan the morning's emails and don't allow yourself to get distracted. See how much you can achieve before 11 am.
When you take charge of your time in this way, you'll be amazed at how focused, efficient and productive you can be.
Until next time...